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  1. Nancy Johnson says

    My grandson age 3 folds his ear cartilage and sticks it inside his ear. Funny looking not to mention weird is this going to hurt his cartilage?

    • Danielle says

      Hi Nancy,
      Thank you for visiting us! I’m sorry you’re having this issue with your grandson, but we are not medical professionals, and only deal with issues related to sleep. If you do have concerns, we would strongly recommend checking in with your pediatrician. I hope this helps!

  2. Rachel says

    My 1-year-old daughter is rubbing her private parts on the floor obsessively. She literally does this all day. While she is doing this she is spaced out. Please help….

    • Danielle says

      Hi Rachel,
      Thank you for visiting us! I’m sorry you’re having this issue with your daughter, but we are not medical professionals, and only deal with issues related to sleep. If you do have concerns, we would strongly recommend checking in with your pediatrician. I hope this helps!

    • Danielle says

      Hi Rachel,
      Thank you for visiting us! I’m sorry you’re having this issue with your daughter, but we are not medical professionals, and only deal with issues related to sleep. If you do have concerns, we would strongly recommend checking in with your pediatrician. I hope this helps!

  3. Eva says

    My boyfriends 1 year old rubs his head against the wall. I can tell he is sleepy because I can tell he is a little tired. So, I pick him up and rock him and let his head rest on me. So he can fall asleep. He has also done something that I felt uncomfortable with. Not sure whether it should be alarming or not. I was squating down watching him play. He comes up to me puts his two hands on my thighs and closes my legs and he puts his head between my legs. He did it a few times. Sometimes he would just try and put his head between my legs whiling having his hands around my legs. He has also done the same to my sister in law. Also, yesterday he was rubbing his head a lot and scratching like something was bothering him. Mostly rubbing his head. Not sure if this is a normal behavior for toddlers. If you have any suggestions on what this behavior may be.

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Eva – Thanks for writing to us about your boyfriend’s toddler! While this sounds like typical toddler soothing behavior from the brief description here, I’d recommend speaking to his pediatrician about your concerns for first hand insight and peace of mind. Good luck Eva!

  4. Choni says

    Hey my son is 1 years old and he constantly chews on his favorite teddy bear especially right before bed. He bangs his head on the wall sometimes and he also usually mush his face into the pillow continually. And he toss and turns sooo much until he finally just knocks out.

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi Choni – Thanks for sharing about your toddler’s self-soothing behaviors! It’s great that he has found a way to self sooth, but we know how tough it is to see our little ones struggling with falling asleep, especially if he is banging his head! Helping to find the “right” bedtime when he is tired but not too overtired may help lessen the behaviors, since he may fall asleep more quickly! Good luck!

  5. Jimmy says

    My Toddler likes to “plank” lay down forward with his groin area on a soccer ball or my head (lol) seems he likes having pressure on his groin area – not sure if this should be a concern? he seems to get all hot and sweaty doing this which is a little concerning. Doctors seem to think its just a habit or comfort thing.

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Jimmy – Thanks for writing and sharing about your toddler’s soothing behavior! It’s great that you talked to his doctor about this, since you were concerned. I’d agree with the doctor that it’s a habit and he’s using this as his way to comfort himself. You can always check in with the doctor about this in a number of months if it is still happening, still concerning you, or if it escalates! Good luck Jimmy!

  6. Kay says

    My 3 year old rubs her lips on her forearms and wrists every time before naps and bedtime. She started doing this after I sent her to spend time with aunt for a week. It was the first time she was ever away from me. I figured it was something she adopted while being away to keep herself comforted. It is an everyday thing now. I don’t know whether i should be concerned.

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Kay – Thanks for writing and sharing your toddler’s soothing behavior with us and our readers! It sounds like your toddler has found a way to sooth herself to sleep, and if this is not causing any injuries or anything, there should not be reason to be concerned. With that being said, asking your daughter’s pediatrician if this is safe self soothing for her would be best, since the doctor will know best, and will be able to observe your toddler and possibly the behavior too. Good luck!

  7. Alexandra says

    My 3 and a half year old is obsessed with caressing my arms, elbows and any area of skin that he has access to on my body. I feel bad saying this but it really makes me feel uncomfortable. It started off last year as a little touch here and there now he can’t stop and it’s teally bothering me. Please help!

    • Neosha says

      @Alexandra – Thank you for reading and for sharing! I know the feeling – my son used to rub the tip of my ear all of the time as he wound down for any sleep time. I had to literally grit my teeth to get through it! If you haven’t tried “weaning” him from using your body as a comfort “item” by introducing another object to redirect his hand to, that would be a great first place to start. Hang in there, Alexandra!

      • Alexandra says

        Hi Neosha,

        Thank you for responding. I just purchased a “ soft squishy ball”. Hopefully that will work as him comfort item. If he only did it to fall asleep I think I could bear it. But he caresses and scratches my arm, my elbows and legs any chance he gets. I will keep you posted. Thanks again!

      • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

        Good luck from all of us @Alexandra!

  8. Sarah says

    So my toddler fondles my ear lobes or the tip of my nose and likes to rub her bare forearms on my bare arms. It is a soothing thing. Should I ne concerned. I wish she would rub her own ear lobes! Lol

    • Danielle says

      Hi Sarah,

      Thank you for your comment! You are not alone with the weird self-soothing behaviors, that’s for sure! 🙂 My daughter also rubbed my arms and it made my a little uncomfortable, so we sort of eventually subbed in one of her stuffies with a similar smooth texture to it, that did that same job for her. If it’s not bothering you, I wouldn’t worry about it, but you can also coach her gently away from you and toward another comfort object if you’d prefer. I hope this helps!

  9. Amber says

    Hi. My 1 year old shakes her head back and forth every now and then and thinks it’s funny. She actually saw my do it with my hair so she started doing that. Should I be worried about that? Or just ignore it, and it’ll go away?

    • Neosha says

      @Amber – Thank you for reading! Toddlers do tend to learn from their environment and a lot of that learning comes from mimicking our actions! 🙂 If your little girl’s behavior becomes more regular or erratic or concerning, please reach out to her healthcare provider for further reassurance. Hang in there, Amber!

  10. Essence says

    Hi my son is 2 years old and every since he was a baby he has been digging in his skin and scalp .He only does it sometimes what is it ? Is it a nerve problem when he can’t get something he also does it I also struggle with bad nerves in my foot at night and I pull my edges and eyelashes

    • Janelle Reid says

      Hi @Essence, thanks for writing to us. I’m sorry to hear you are concerned about your 2 year old’s digging in his skin and scalp. As I’m not a medical professional I can’t say for sure what the cause of it it, some kids just do weird things because they do them, but if you have medical history you’re concerned is being passed to him, I’d suggest mentioning it to his doctor to get their perspective on it. I”m sorry I can’t give you a clear cut answer on this. I hope you’re able to find out what’s going on quickly and easily!